[Plugin] FredoTools::ColorFlatMode - v1.0a - 18 Nov 19

[Plugin] FredoTools::ColorFlatMode - v1.0a - 18 Nov 19

Postby fredo6 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:48 pm



ColorFlatMode is a standalone script which is part of FredoTools. It minimizes the color shading and display colors as close as possible as their nominal specifications, that is their RGB code values.

The idea was proposed to me by JClements.


The model view below displays color shading and colors are not ‘natural’

ColorFlatMode - With shading.png



By Switching to ‘Flat’ colors, the view become:

ColorFlatMode - No shading.png





ColorFlatMode is installed as part of FredoTools 3.8 and above.

See the main post for FredoTools for installation.




No documentation, but you can have a look at the Quick Start section and the Video below


  • SU Versions: SU8 and above
  • Platforms: Windows and Mac
  • Languages: English, French
  • Menus: by default, ColorFlatMode is installed in Tools > FredoTools.
  • Icon toolbar: Fredo6 Tools. There is only a single icon. By default, it is not shown. You need to go to the Default Parameters… dialog of FredoTools to enable the icon.
    ColorFlatMode_32.png
  • The plugin is free, for private and commercial usage.




FredoTools::ColorFlatMode - Quick Introduction






Switching to Flat Color and Back

The ColorFlatMode button or menu acts as a toggle.

Just launch ColorFlatMode to toggle the display to Flat Color, and again to go back to your previous settings.

In any case, it is good to know that ColorFlatMode ONLY changes 4 parameters in the Shadow Settings (and nothing else)
  • Shadows: OFF
  • Use Sun for shading: ON
  • Light = 0
  • Dark = 81

So if you are in trouble to re-establish the previous settings, just modify these 4 parameters.



ColorFlatMode 1.0a – 18 Nov 19: Initial public release in FredoTools 3.8a
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Re: FredoTools::ColorFlatMode - v1.0a - 18 Nov 19

Postby rv1974 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:46 am

Looks fantastic Frefo, I'd to like adopt it. However the flat look of spheres\cylinders is misleading a bit :)
BTW it means SU is able to produce perfect wireframe pass for post-production
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Re: FredoTools::ColorFlatMode - v1.0a - 18 Nov 19

Postby fredo6 » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:48 am

rv1974 wrote:Looks fantastic Frefo, I'd to like adopt it. However the flat look of spheres\cylinders is misleading a bit :)
BTW it means SU is able to produce perfect wireframe pass for post-production

There is no particular purpose for modelling in this plugin.
It's true that in most geometric shapes, it is the color shading that gives the impression of 3D.
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